U.S. sports goods maker Nike (NKE.N), Comcast’s (CMCSA.O) Universal Studios and Hello Kitty owner Sanrio (8136.T) found themselves in EU antitrust regulators’ crosshairs on Wednesday over the way they control the sale of products in the bloc.The European Commission said it would investigate whether the companies were illegally blocking traders from selling licensed merchandise across borders and online in the 28-country bloc.The crackdown by the EU competition authority followed an inquiry into e-commerce practices by some 1,900 companies in Europe, part of a strategy to boost online trade and economic growth. “We are going to examine whether the licensing and distribution practices of these three companies may be denying consumers access to wider choice and better deals in thesingle market,”… Next »
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